Trees are wonders, from their phenomenal, communicative root systems to the tiny tips of their newly sprouted leaves. They can survive for decades and sometimes centuries, being exposed to fire, drought, temperature extremes, overuse and overlove.
But to find a veritable forest in a well-established inner city that has its own forest of glass skyscrapers?
The forest wonders, as epic and surprising as they are, are not known for populating some of humanity’s most densely populated areas.
But an imaginative forest will grow in DTLA, beginning around mid-May when artist Glenn Kaino’s new immersive experience, A Forest for the Trees, opens in an indoor space.
Granted, interiors are also areas we don’t associate with forests, but this whimsical forest is filled with art, ideas and inspiration.
It’s from The Atlantic magazine and a 2021 series called Who Owns America’s Wilderness?. as well as the publication’s ongoing coverage of issues arising from our relationship with nature.
“The show is steeped in stories inspired by the people closest to the forests and nearby neighborhoods of Los Angeles: an immersive interactive fire illusion that references the controlled burns necessary for the management of native forests are of central importance, to the symbolic resurrection of an iconic 144-year-old Olvera Street tree that was recently felled by a storm,” shared the team behind the experience.
“‘A forest for the trees’ will share transformative stories through spectacular illusions, bringing art, music and history together in surprising new ways to create an experience filled with meaning and purpose.”
Superblue, the artist-focused company, is presenting the ethereal attraction in partnership with The Atlantic and the artist, while Mastercard is sponsoring the show, which airs May 13.
Dakota and Lakota teacher Breanne Luger wrote the epic project, and David Siteck, a Grammy-winning musician and producer, provided the stirring soundtrack.
ThunderVoice Eagle, “whose work explores the conditions of memory and the sacred, and continues the lineage of sustainable, handcrafted indigenous fashion through unique collaborations between indigenous cultures,” is launching the store, which will be located on-site.
So where will this interior adventure grow once it has a foothold in DTLA? (And by “interior” we mean the inside of a building, yes, but also the deep and boundless well that exists in your nature-loving heart.)
The discovery of a mystical forest, a forest and possibly enchanted space full of meaning and momentum towards a brighter future, usually requires a map printed on an enchanted piece of parchment.
But the spacious room has already been revealed, no parchment required: it’s blooming at Ace Mission Studios, located at 516 South Mission Road.
Once there, forest seekers should expect to enter a verdant wonderland, “tucked away in a 28,000-square-foot space in downtown Los Angeles,” an indoor-outdoor fantasy full of beautiful detail, poignant moments, and places to think about bigger questions about how we live with and honor the natural world.
“I have worked throughout my career to build the tools and relationships that have enabled me to embark on a project of this unprecedented scale and ambition, both conceptually and formally,” said Kaino.
“Intergenerational problems of this magnitude require new thinking and new models of how we bring together traditional ecological knowledge and advanced technology.”
“I hope this show can provide inspiration for how to connect and contribute to some of the most pressing issues of our time in dynamic and exciting ways that our audiences can take home.”
“A Forest for the Trees” is open from May 13, 2022 for a limited time from Wednesday to Sunday. Tickets range from $10 to $50, and children are welcome.